A Letter of Hope
“A mother’s farewell letter to her son.”
Written by Valli Ollendorff to her son Ulrich on August 24, 1942 just days before her death in the Thereseinstadt concentration camp, this remarkable letter embodies a mother’s unconditional love for her child.
With words full of joy and appreciation, Valli accepts her destiny, celebrates the lasting strength of family and reassures her son that good will triumph over evil.
Lost for nearly half a century, the letter was discovered in South America and delivered to Ulrich in 1985 when he was 79 years old.
For years, the letter remained a family secret and was shared with only a few relatives and friends. When Ulrich died on December 30, 1998, the family asked the Rabbi to read the letter at the eulogy. The impact of the letter was so great that the family realized it was much more than a private letter. It was a letter that could inspire every soul it touched.
In that spirit, the Ollendorff family has agreed to publish the letter and donate the proceeds to charity to promote human and religious understanding around the world.